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noun
a spelling competition won by the individual or team spelling the greatest number of words correctly; spelldown.
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“Was” is used for the indicative past tense of “to be,” and “were” is only used for the subjunctive past tense.

Origin of spelling bee

First recorded in 1870–75
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spelling bee

noun
a contest in which players are required to spell words according to orthographic conventions

Word Origin for spelling bee

C19: from bee ²
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